LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
CHIEFS

DARYL L. OSBY

Ninth and Current Fire Chief

With an education in business and executive management and a progressive outlook towards the future, Fire Chief Daryl Osby strives to ensure the Department maintains its acclaimed reputation through continual sharing of best practices with fellow fire agencies. As head of one of the largest emergency service agencies in the world, he oversees the delivery of fire suppression and life safety services to the citizens of  the County of Los Angeles and contract cities.

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CLYDE A. BRAGDON

Sixth Fire Chief 1977 - 1984

Over the weekend of October 5th, retired Los Angeles County Fire Chief Clyde A. Bragdon, Jr. passed away at the age of 90.

After leaving the LACoFD, then-President Ronald Reagan nominated and swore Chief Bragdon in as Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA in Washington, D.C.

KEITH E. KLINGER

Third Los Angeles County Fire Chief 1953-1969

The LA County Fire Department’s headquarters building in East Los Angeles is officially known as “Klinger Center,” named for the extraordinary man who was our fire chief from 1953 to 1969. Chief Klinger quickly developed a reputation as a hard-driving, innovative leader. One of Keith Klinger’s greatest achievements was molding these divergent organizations into the world’s largest county fire department.
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SPENCER TURNER

Second County Forester, Fish & Game Warden and first County Fire Chief 1925 - 1952

Chief Turner served for twenty seven years. He was presented a solid gold badge with a blue-white diamond in the center to commensurate a position of such responsibility. in the years of Chief Turner’s reign, he brought the department into the modern age with his ideas and implementations.

STUART J. FLINTHAM

First head of Forester, Fire Warden & Fish and Game 1920 - 1925

Organized and permanent fire protection to serve the unincorporated territories of Los Angeles County came about with the appointment of County Forester Stuart J. Flintham as the County Fire Warden on July 1, 1920. Chief Flintham had served as County Forester since 1912. Not only did he now acquire an additional title but a new and challenging assignment. Formation of Fire Protection Districts began under Chief Flintham. Passed away in 1925 from an illness while still Chief.

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